Mountain Team

Berkshire Scouts Mountain Team is here to support all leaders in getting their young people out in to the mountains and wildernesses of the UK.

We run regular weekends and evening workshops throughout the year for any adult involved in Scouting in Berkshire to develop their skills. The intention of these weekends and workshops is to provide leaders with a progressive series of events culminating in a successful assessment for a hillwalking permit, the qualification required to taking young people out into the hills.

Through our training programme we aim to cover the full range of skills sets right through from those first learning how to read a map and use a compass to those at the top of their game who want to master crampons and ice axes in full-on winter conditions.

Our weekends are run by highly skilled and experienced volunteers, most holding national governing body qualifications such as the Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor or Winter Mountain Leader.

Rime ice

Ongoing Support

Whilst our main focus is our weekend programme we have an active Facebook group that exists to provide support and a sense of community to all leaders in Berkshire. It’s a great place to ask questions, discuss upcoming trips or show off with photos of your recent mountain adventures.

You’ll find most of the county training team on there along with existing and aspirant permit holders. To keep it to Scout leaders it’s a private group so please have your membership number handy.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/berkshire.scouts.hillwalking/

Terrain 2 rope work assessment in Snowdonia

Programme 2021 – updated June 2021

Navigation Training, Ridgeway near West Ilsley: 4th July 2021, 09:00-17:00

This day is aimed at those who need additional confidence in finding their way round the countryside in the context of leading groups of Scouts or Explorer Scouts. If it’s been a while since you have been out and about or are honing your navigation skills as part of your Hillwalking training, then this course is for you.

The day is free of charge but you must register. The trip is being run by Peter Charles-Jones (CJ) with Paul Norris.
Download the details of the day
Register online here
If you have any questions please email Ralph who will pass them on.

Save the date: Terrain 1 Training and Assessment Weekend – 4th to 5th September 2021

A campsite-based training and assessment weekend (currently going through approvals so not confirmed yet). More details to follow.

Yr Hafod, Snowdonia: 22–23 January 2022

Our most popular training and assessment weekend will (hopefully) return in 2022. The deposit from the 2021 trip has been used to reserve the above date. More details to follow.

For the rest of the year with the uncertainty over the COVID rules we won’t be running any indoor trips in winter 2021. Some local night navigation workshops and webinars are planned – details to follow on the usual Berkshire channels as well as Facebook and the mailing list.

Navigation training in the Peak District

Previous Trips

Yr Hafod, Snowdonia: 18–20 January 2019

Winter hillwalking weekend: 8–10 February 2019

Brecon Beacons weekend: 6–7 July 2019

Peak District weekend: 6–8 September 2019

Yr Hafod, Snowdonia: 17–19 January 2020

Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia

Contact the Team

You can contact the team via our Facebook group or you can contact our coordinator, Ralph Delaney.

Ralph

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